Hello my dear readers, it really and truly is lovely to see you today, I mean that from the bottom of my heart. I'm in an extra special mood for some fizzy colour, just as an antidote to our town being mostly smothered in a sea mist today. And yesterday. You may think it would be wonderful to be living by the sea, which it is, is, is, it really is! But when the rest of the country is getting blazing sunshine, the effect it has on us, is to roll in the Har (sea mist). Very atmospheric in small doses, not quite so when you feel like you're living in some weird kind of snow dome. A snow dome with mist, rather than snow. But anyway, who needs weather reports, when I could be getting on with the subject of gift giving hey?
About a month ago I entered another swap. It was the theme of crochet or knitting, that did it for me, I couldn't resist the theme! The idea was to include four gifts or more, that had a crochet/knitted theme, and at least one item had to be handmade. I was very much rearing to go on this one!
Yesterday I sent my parcel off to my swap partner, the lovely Melanie, at a country dream. And today I got a wonderful e-mail from her saying she received it, and she loves everything in it. (I'm always relieved when someone likes a gift, I've never quite forgotten going to stay with a college pal, and taking a gift of some pots I had painted quite painstakingly, myself. When she opened them, she immeditely announced they were going in the "bad-taste" section of the garden. Sadly, I hadn't done them as a joke, I'd painted them in the colours she liked, with the best of intentions. So as I say, I'm always thrilled to get a good reaction to a gift!).
So, you wanna see my gifts to Melanie?! I put everything in this jolly little basket, which I accessorized with a little Viola I crocheted. (You can find the pattern for this flower on page 107 of "100 flowers to knit and crochet", by Lesley Stanfield. It's a wonderful book by-the-way).
You wanna see what's in those spotty paper wrapped packages?!
I thought this sweet little box might be useful for bits'n'bobs, like crochet hooks, scissors, pins and stitch markers. Of course, I had to put something in it, couldn't let Melanie open the box and it be empty!
I didn't make this brooch myself, but thought it looked like it fitted the brief, and was a colour that could go with a few things...................
I did make this necklace though. Infact, I enjoyed making it so much, I fancy making another. Working with those zingy colours made me feel happy and positive, always nice things to feel, don't you think?!
I didn't follow a pattern for this necklace, it's my own pattern. If you'd like me to do a pattern for you, I'd be very happy to oblige! Just say if you're interested.
The pattern for the hearts is by Bella Dia. And you can find the pattern...................
Melanie is still working on her gifts for me, so I've got the excitement of that to come!
Talking about crocheting has got my fingers itching to DO some crochet. Cup of tea, crochet, and Wimbledon tennis on the goggle box, that sounds like just the ticket! Did any of you watch the very exciting, sitting on the edge of your seat, biting your nails and feeling very tense match with Andy Murray at Wimbledon last night? Now that was fantastic viewing! He's back again on Wednesday, no doubt making us all wet our pants again. But hopefully enjoying ourselves at the same time!
So my dear readers, till tomorrow.......................... Love Vanessa xxx